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Hello ModernThirst readers! Today we’ll begin on the second of a takeover trifecta series, the Grand Traverse Ole George Straight Rye whiskey. As I covered the history of Grand Traverse in my previous review in the series, we’ll move right along to the review.


The nose has hints of maraschino cherry, white pepper, beechwood, the requisite caramel/vanilla from the barrel, banana, clove, and nutmeg. The legs are thick and syrupy. Upon the first sip, the initial flavor hits with cinnamon, black pepper, more caramel, toffee, the aforementioned banana, clove, and it finishes with nutmeg, and it finishes with a nice sweetness similar to fresh brown sugar. Once again, Grand Traverse hits a grand slam. This is a perfect whiskey for drinking neat, on the rocks, or in literally any cocktail that uses rye whiskey as a base. It is simply wonderful. It is also a perfect proof at 93. That gives it enough bite to stand up to anything it mixes with, but it isn’t too high that it isn’t enjoyable all by itself. It definitely hits all the rye notes expected of a 95/5 rye to barley ratio whiskey.  I literally can’t recommend it enough. Just as I said about their incredible bourbon, if you can find this locally, go buy it now!

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Ole George Rye Whiskey

93.0 Spectacular

Grand Traverse hits another home run with this rye whiskey. Sweet, spicy, and full of flavor, it should be in every whiskey drinker's collection.

  • Ole George Rye Whiskey 93

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Nick is a veteran writer about all things spirits, an avid brewer of craft brews, and self-proclaimed whiskey fanatic from Houston, TX. He had written for close to a decade about spirits for Examiner.com but is also a systems administrator by trade in the field of IT. He's been spotted at several high-profile tasting events all over Houston, and has made tons of friends in the beer, wine, and spirits world over the years. He is married with two sons, and currently resides in the Houston suburb of Tomball. You can follow him on Twitter @fykusfire.

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